May 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm
#Resist: Understanding the Movement for Trans Lives
Following the screening, a half hour workshop will be led by the Center for Gay, Lesbian and Trans Youth.
Our next edition of [email protected] #Resist Film Series will shed light on the evolution of the trans movement from the early 90s in New York City through the present day in Los Angeles. The discourse on trans rights has recently been under a spotlight, and it is clear that we all have much to learn from the community. Following a screening of the gritty doc Salt Mines, Adam Golub’s short on a trans sex worker running for office in Brazil, and an excerpt of TransVisible on Bamby Salcedo, the Latina activist fighting for trans immigrants’ rights – Natalia Guerrero from New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center will facilitate a workshop for the group.
A short Q&A with the filmmakers and The Center’s activists will end the night. This post-screening Q&A will offer those in attendance concrete actions they can take to join the trans lives movement.
The Salt Mines
47 min., 1990, USA
The Salt Mines explores the lives of Sara, Gigi and Giovanna, three Latina transwomen who for years have lived on the streets of Manhattan supporting their drug addictions through sex work. They made their temporary home inside broken garbage trucks that the Sanitation Department keeps next to the salt deposits used in the winter to melt the snow. The three friends share the place known asThe Salt Mines with a varied community of homeless people. They talk about their sexual identity, their past and their dreams. We follow their daily lives day and night until the place is closed and sealed by the city, forcing everyone to disperse, in this groundbreaking 1990 documentary, one of the first to delve into the lives of trans women and sex workers.
9 min., 2016, USA, Brazil
Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story [Excerpt]
60 min., 2013, USA
An inspirational story about Bamby Salcedo, a Trans Latina woman, now a renowned international leader and Trans community advocate. At an early age, Bamby confronted entire systems of oppression that resulted in family rejection, police brutality, religious prejudice, and prison violence in Mexico and the U.S.
Adam Golub is a video artist, documentarian and storyteller. His work seeks out the intersection between journalism, art and activism by looking for those points where theory meets lived experience. He graduated from Columbia University’s school of journalism and was a fellow at the UnionDocs center for documentary art. His work has been exhibited across the US in film festivals and educational screenings. His larger body of work focuses on the margins of society as a test of its robustness and strength. More recently his work focuses on non-central urban spaces in The Americas as societies of expanding consciousness in the wake of gentrification and flight from the largest capital cities.
Our monthly Brooklyn-based screening series – [email protected]
Skylight Pictures & Engage, Remezcla, and UnionDocs’ monthly screening series highlights documentary films that recount the history of political movements led by people of color. Each program will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers alongside activists currently involved in organizing for social change. The #Resist Film Series will provide lessons from the past and present while giving the audience hope that, in the face of a Trump presidency, they have the power to change the future.
In the months to come, we’ll announce the titles for future screenings of the #Resist Film Series. Keep an eye out for more info on our June 8 screening centering on the United Farm Workers and our July 13 event on the Young Lords.
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